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December 15, 1989

The Prevention of Deaths From Reactions to Insect Venoms-Reply

JAMA. 1989;262(23):3269-3270. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430230041014

In Reply.—  The letter by Dr Frazier raises an important corollary to the report we published on the epidemiology of insect venom sensitivity. It is our goal to increase awareness of the fact that potentially life-threatening allergic reactions to insect stings are not rare and often can be prevented from becoming dangerous. Even more important, however, we have concluded that better education of the public as well as emergency department and general physicians is required. This would increase awareness of the need for affected individuals to have an epinephrine kit available for self-treatment and for them to inform their personal physician and seek the advice of an allergist regarding the appropriate testing and immunization for preventive management.1,2The Insect Committee of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology has supported Dr Frazier's efforts for many years to the extent of encouraging the appropriate training of employees and professionals of